Felicia is one of the most recognizable genera within the daisy plant family, consisting of about 80 different species of perennials, annuals, and shrubs.
The majority come from South Africa, in rocky or sandy soil, and are primarily known for vivid blue flowers, though they can be purple or white, too.
These plants attract plenty of pollinators into your garden, helping to bolster your garden’s health.
Quite a few species that fall under the Felicia genus were originally part of the Aster genus, and they look extremely similar.
Felicia Name Origin
The exact origin of the genus name isn’t certain, but some believe it was named to honor Fortunato Bartolomeo de Felice, who was a famous Italian scientist, philosopher, and author during the 18th century.
Others suggest that the word is Latin in origin, derived from felix, which means happy, as these flowers tend to have an uplifting appearance.
The Symbolism Behind The Felicia Flower
Felicia flowers, or blue daisies, symbolize joy, happiness, innocence, and grace.
Blue Daisy Uses
The blue daisy is a fantastic ornamental plant, grown across the world for its vivid colors and ability to survive in poor soil.
Felicia Growing Requirements
As the majority of plants in the genus come from South Africa, they need some warmth to survive, and do well in USDA zones 8 through to 11.
They love as much sunlight as you can give them, and will grow in nearly any type of soil, as long as it has good drainage.
This makes it perfect for rockeries, coastal soil with levels of salt, or sandy soil, where other plants simply wouldn’t grow.
Depending on the type, most species of felicia can reach up to 50cm tall.
These plants are very low maintenance, and only require an average amount of irrigation to survive.